Horror Mondays! Book Review: Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

February 16, 2015 Blog, Ghosts, Horrific Monday, Horror 0

Horrifying MondaysHorrifying Mondays is all about what scares us. The horror behind the curtains that we refuse to open, the creatures in the dark, and sometimes those creatures that are in the open!

Each Monday will bring a different horror… to help you cope with the horror that is Monday with the horrors that are in the fantasy world.




Horror for Today Ikea with a bit of Satire!


Horrorstor Horrorstore
by Grady Hendrix
on September 23rd 2014
Genres: Horror, Satire
Pages: 243
Format: Audiobook
Source: AudioBook Reviewer

Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking.

To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift. In the dead of the night, they’ll patrol the empty showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.

A traditional haunted house story in a thoroughly contemporary setting, Horrorstör comes packaged in the form of a glossy mail order catalog, complete with product illustrations, a home delivery order form, and a map of Orsk’s labyrinthine showroom.

My Thoughts Horror

This starts out inconspicuously. Strange things are happening in the store, but it seems like vandalism. Not a huge deal until Amy is asked to babysit the store overnight. The store that she really does not even like working for and she will not have any rest before this venture so this may be babysitting on no sleep. She gets talked into it although she really would prefer to be selfish. Her boss explains that they do not have anyone else and he really doesn’t want to call in the calvary and make things worse for the store.

It takes a bit to get into but the story is somehow so interesting that I did not want to stop listening. It’s intriguing and made me wonder, especially with the title, when the horror was really going to start. Right at the beginning there are some weird things going on but nothing horrific. Just stuff that leaves Amy curious, and me too!

The real horror never truly shows up but there is a comedy to the horror that reminded me of the old ’80’s movie House. It’s like House and Ikea had a baby!

It was fun in the idea that there is this massively creepy thing going on in this store that is a knockoff of Ikea but no one knows just where the creepiness is coming from. Grady Hendrix is able to offer the creep in bits and pieces, reeling the reader in. It was almost as if the words were the score and as the tempo increased so did the feeling of unease. And still I had no idea why I was uneasy!

There is a little bit of horror and some gore but as I said above, it’s more the House hilarious creepy than full on horror. Still, it is entertaining and somehow really interesting. The plot and characters kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

The best part was that I did not even come close to pegging this story. I had some things in mind that I just knew were going to be correct in the end, and I was completely off! Even though I was thrown a little I really enjoyed how this ended. It left it open for another which I would not hesitate to read!

Full audio review at: AudiobookReviewer.com


Horror Meter: 3.5/5

Gore: 3/5

Shock Factor: 3.5/5

Emotions: 4/5

Total Scare: 4/5

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